40 Traditional Similes

40 simile examples to print. Ideal to use for adjectives and description concepts, matching games, written expression and poetry

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Use these resources to teach similes in your classroom. Your students can match up the cards or make some of their own!

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A4 - TAS Beginners


A4 - Vict. Pre-cursive (WA/NT/VIC)


A4 - Comic Sans


A4 - NSW Foundation


A4 - Open Dyslexic


A4 - QLD Beginners


A4 - SA Beginners


A4 - Sassoon Infant


A4 - Jarman Print


A4 - New Zealand Print


A4 - UK Cursive


US Letter - Comic Sans


US Letter - D'Nealian


US Letter - Open Dyslexic


US Letter - Zaner-Bloser


US Letter - Sassoon Primary


How to use this teaching resource

  • Print and laminate a set of the simile adjective starters and the simile noun endings – children match the simile adjective with the simile noun.
  • Print out class copies of individual simile adjective starters -children make up their own noun ending.
  • Print out individual copies of simile starters and simile endings -children cut and paste to match.
  • Brainstorm and list different nouns to match each simile adjective starter – for example as hard as….nails, rocks, ice, concrete, steel etc.
  • Make a list of Adjectives and Nouns from the similes – eg. cold ice, busy bee, warm toast, white snow, loud thunder etc…
  • Use different adjectives and nouns from our word cards to make up similes – eg .. as enormous as a dinosaur..
  • As an extension – try adding to the similes to make descriptive full sentences – great for written expression and poetry practice – eg ‘The tower was as tall as a giant.’, ‘The clouds were as white as snow.’ ‘After my bath I felt as warm as toast’
  • Just focus on one simile a week and add it to the literacy group activities each week.

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